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10 dubstep-inspired pop songs

Posted on November 21, 2012 by
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Taylor Swift — “I Knew You Were Trouble”

Taylor Swift experimented with dubstep in her new single “I Knew You Were Trouble,” reflecting a more mature sound. Red is one of the most eclectic and scattered albums of the year, combining elements of country, pop, dubstep and more mature ballads. Now I’m just crossing our fingers for an aesthetically grungy music video.

Miley Cyrus — “Decisions” 

Miley Cyrus isn’t just experimenting with her style these days. Along with dying her hair platinum blonde and getting an undercut, she’s recording more modern sounding songs for her fourth studio album. Cyrus was featured in Bogore’s “Decisions” and while I wish she was more heavily featured (she’s in the chorus), I’m digging the dubstep vibe.

Alex Clare — “Too Close”

The best part about Alex Clare’s song “Too Close” is the combination of dubstep with his Adele-powerful vocals. The soulful track was produced by electronic ninja Diplo and you can practically feel it in your lungs.

Leona Lewis — “Glassheart”


In a new chapter of her career, Leona Lewis decided to embrace dubstep for her third album, Glassheart. Her single of the same name has a raw dubstep vibe that highlights her crisp vocals.

Justin Bieber — “As Long As You Love Me”

Justin Bieber’s track “As Long As You Love Me” off his album Believe includes hints of dubstep combined with a rap verse from Big Sean. The track was his first foray into dubstep, though it’s quite subtle.

Rihanna — “Where Have You Been”

Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been” has a dubstep-inspired breakdown sequence, combined with elements of pop, R&B and house. She previously experimented with dubstep on “We Found Love.” Both tracks are from her sixth studio album Talk That Talk.

Muse “Unsustainable”

Muse attempted to make an “anti-dubstep” track with “Unsustainable,” from the rockers new album The 2nd Law. How you ask? Bassist Chris Wolstenholme said the whole point was to create that dubstep sound with real instruments instead of computers and technology.

Britney Spears — “Hold It Against Me”

Britney Spears’ “Hold It Against Me” features a dubstep-heavy breakdown perfect for “freaky” dancing. Spears moans and blows kisses during the 30-second rave breakdown. The track was the first single from her seventh studio album Femme Fatale. 

Ellie Goulding — “Bittersweet”

Skrillex produced Ellie Goulding’s “Bittersweet” for the Twilight soundtrack so there was bound to be some dubstep elements. Still, it’s much more mellow and relaxed than we’re used to from the DJ. The track is for Breaking Dawn Part 2. 

The Wanted — “Warzone”

The Wanted’s “Warzone” has a dubstep beat underneath, partially hidden by a gloomy piano melody. The eclectic sounds make the dark love tale even more intense. The track is from their second studio album Battleground.

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